Mobile Apps & Resources: MSD Manual Guide to Obstetrics


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MSD Manual Guide to Obstetrics

MSD Manual Guide to Obstetrics 

Versions reviewed

 iOS: 1.1.1; Android: 1.0.13

Device & OS used

iOS 12.4.8 (iPad Air); Android 10 (Google Pixel 2)

Date of review

September 22 & 23, 2020

Reviewers Courtney Ellsworth (SHA), Rachel Zhao (AHS)
Technician Support  Brandie Bailey

Image Source: MSD Manual Guide to Obstetrics, Apple App Store. Retrieved on November 5, 2020 from:

Stated Purpose  

The MSD Manual Guide to Obstetrics is a subset of the MSD Professional Manual. This new app is intended for healthcare practitioners who take care of obstetric patients.

MSD Manuals: We believe that health information is a universal right and that every person is entitled to accurate, accessible, and usable medical information. We have a responsibility to protect, preserve and share the best current medical between patients and professionals, and improve health care outcomes around the world. information to enable more informed decisions, enhance relationships.  


  • Can save favorites, which will appear on the home screen





Obstetrics / Obstetricians



“healthcare practitioners who take care of obstetric patients”

Part 1: Editorial committee, content updates, and evidence grading

The contributors’ names and affiliations are listed Under Editorial & Contributors in the About & Privacy section in the app. The contributors’ contact information is not provided.

No conflict of interest statement.


Part 2: Source and authorship information for 3 entries

All entries have authors’ names and credentials listed. Some entries have authors’ affiliations. Some entries link to authors’ contact information outside the app.

Organization of information

Divided by “Medical Topics”, Resources, and Videos.



Medical Topics was very easy to use.



User Account require: No 

Internet connection required for use: No

Text search field: Yes, on home page

Browsable content: Yes, under Medical Topics 

Advertisements: No

Pop-up advertisements: No

In-app purchases: No 



Compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. Requires iOS 8.0 or later.
Last updated (as per App store listing): June 26, 2020

The App appears to be compatible with all Android devices that have the operating system specifications required. Android 5.0 and up.
Last updated (as per Google Play listing): June 26, 2020

App Store listing: 91.6 MB
Google Play listing: 78M


App Developer

Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp.


Country of Origin

United States